Syrian forces kill 10 protesters in Aleppo, activists say

June 22, 2012 15:59


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AMMAN - Syrian troops killed at least 10 people in the main commercial hub of Aleppo on Friday when they opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators with heavy machine-guns, opposition activists said.

Thousands of demonstrators denouncing Syrian President Bashar Assad were marching toward the city's central Saadallah al-Jabiri Square when four armored vehicles opened fire, activists told Reuters by phone, including two who said they were speaking from Aleppo.

"The wounded were taken to houses and are trapped there. They cannot be transported to hospitals because troops and Shabbiha (pro-Assad militia) are surrounding the neighborhood," Mohannad, one of the activists, said by phone.

He was referring to the middle class district of Saladin, where the demonstration broke out.

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